This week, Flyer News reported on the disbanding of the City of Dayton Police Department’s robbery squad. We believe this is a dangerous move for the city and campus we chose to call home, especially given the increase in reported robberies in the campus area.
Defeating non-student crime on our campus is dependent on stopping it before it arrives. Our campus is more than the cliché “UD bubble.” We are an open campus which gradually integrates itself with the surrounding city. We are concerned the disbandment of the robbery squad will result in the solving of fewer crimes in the area surrounding our invisible borders.
At a time when UD officers are working part-time and overtime shifts to combat the increase in reported robberies, our community cannot afford even a minor influx in crime. We’d encourage the City of Dayton Police Department to reconsider the potential ramifications of this decision.
Public Safety relies on the student population to help combat crime on campus. Remember to take a few fundamental precautions that will help prevent crime:
- Walk in groups at night or use the escort service.
- Be aware of your surroundings and report crimes or suspicious behavior to Public Safety at (937) 229-2121 or 911 on a campus phone.
- Do not resist giving property to an armed assailant.
Take care of your neighbors. If we’re careful and watch out for our fellow community members, we can ensure we continue to live on a safe and productive campus.